Since 2006,  WAGET and its predecessors have worked to motivate American and Chinese students through campfire diplomacy; organize cultural and environmental exchanges in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin; host sister-state youth experiences and performances; connect teachers, coaches and students for athletic competition; introduce new ideas and innovations to agriculture and industry; challenge governments, organizations and citizens to pursue new leadership goals, including representatives from all over the US, China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, and Germany.

Recent Events

Please Join Us! and are partnering with UW Colleges and UW-Extension, the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Municipalities to stage a series of forums on navigating the new economy. The events include stops in:
Hudson on Oct. 17
Richland Center on Oct. 24
Sheboygan on Oct. 26
Each discussion will be moderated by UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen and feature Mark Lange, executive director of UW-Extension’s Division for Business and Entrepreneurship; and John Koskinen, Department of Revenue chief economist. A local economic development expert from each community will also be present. The forums are sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy for Global Education and Training. See more details:

Living Word Students Visit China Lights

On October 7th, 2017, students from Living Word attended the China Lights: The Magic Returns. The students enjoyed their evening walking through all the displays. The event is hosted at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, please visit

“Can Basketball Bridge and Build Wisconsin Youth?” Summary

In summer, 2017 the Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training contracted with Lawrence grad Connor Weas to research this question: “Can basketball bridge and build Wisconsin youth?”

Connors’s work was much like a scouting project that looked for talent and examples to develop and apply the bridge and build concept. The goal was to find the ingredients for an approach that could be tested, shared, scaled up and was financially sustainable.

Connor and the team did the following in two months:

1. Met with more than 100 adults and youth to learn about existing programs and continuing needs that were relevant to bridging and building

2. Selected life skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship to complement sports and basketball as components of the strategy

3. Enlisted Asset Builders as a partner in developing financial literacy and entrepreneurship

4. Enlisted Pro Squared as a partner in developing a role model approach via New Age Athletes

5. Enlisted pilot anchors The Cream Skills Basketball Association in Milwaukee and Mentoring Positives in Madison. Both support youth through sports, life skills and entrepreneurship

6. Researched the Fox Valley with the Milwaukee Bucks G League team in Oshkosh as a beta test area that involves schools, businesses and organizations

7. Engaged the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion in Milwaukee as a facilitating partner

8. Defined the value as youth becoming adults in terms of workforce and civic readiness

9. Developed the following project title: Youth for Wisconsin: 2030

10. Developed the following theme: Sports as a hook for greater things, starting with basketball